Police officers have been deployed in the premises of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, following agitations for the removal of the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Adebiyi Daramola, by labour unions.
The unions had protested his release by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after he was interrogated on allegations of fraud last Wednesday.
The workers, members of the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the National Association of Academic Technologists, are demanding the prosecution of the VC and his removal as head of the institution.
Mr. Daramola was quizzed by the anti-graft agency, alongside the bursar, Emmanuel Oresegun, for alleged abuse of office and mismanagement of funds.
He was alleged to have drawn furniture allowance annually instead of once in four years as approved and paying himself housing allowance while residing in the University Vice Chancellor’s Quarters.
He was also alleged to have diverted funds from various unrelated subheads to finance other projects without the appropriate approvals.
Vehicles were, Monday, barred from entering into FUTA premises by armed policemen, but the pedestrian gate was opened to visitors.
The workers who began their protest on Thursday did not, however, turn up to continue the protest as they did last week.
The Public Relations Officers of Ondo police, Femi Joseph, said the officers were asked to still remain at the entrance of the institution in order to avoid breakdown of law and order.
“Our men are still there to maintain law and order and also to ensure that peace return to the school,” he said.
“It is the peace we are after that is why you saw those policemen there. But as soon as we are sure that peace has returned our men will leave the place.”
It was, however, gathered that Mr. Daramola has started holding meetings with principal officers of the institution in a bid to resolve the impasse. He is also said to have stayed away from his office in the institution.
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